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? i don't think so. one reason i don't envy the path facing our second secretary of defense. irene, drop the itch. we dropped the itch, you can too. with maximum strength scalpicin®. it's not a shampoo so you can stop intense itch fast wherever you are. i dropped the itch. free yourself from embarrassing scalp itch. drop the itch with maximum strength scalpicin®. also available scalpicin® 2 in 1, itch relief plus dandruff control. >> jennifer: all right. let's head down to los angeles and see what cenk uygur and "the young turks" have in store. >> i have some strong feelings about the hearings in the senate about gun control. >> jennifer: i'm shocked. >> i know. but we have two great guests on a former gun lobbyist for the nra who turned on them. he'll explain that today on the show. and then we have a form nra member who quit in disgust over the position the nra is holding on these gun-control legislation, because they are way too extreme. and then we have a story about how the city of oakland is spending so much more money on the raiders than they are on c
. he has been nominated for secretary of defense, and the neo-cons are not thrilled about the prospect of hagel heading up the military because they are concerned that he won't protect the defense budget from the sharp spending cuts that are expected with the ending of the wars in iraq and afghanistan, and the looming threat of the sequester, those cuts could slash the pentagon's budget -- here is what the pentagon's budget is $553 billion and the sequester would slash that budget by $50 billion this year. so the pentagon is looking into what areas it could cut from maintenance on warships to military base operations. last friday the pentagon announced layoffs for 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees. 46,000. so if chuck hagel makes it through this mine field of senate confirmation questions, he'll inherit another challenge which is how to manage and advocate on behalf of a gigantic government department that believes it has been reduced to scrounging for change. joining me tonight to talk about this is fred kaplan, fred is the author
will have to pass onties nomination to be president obama's secretary of defense. >> i'm on the record of many issues but no one individual vote. no one individual quote. no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs or my record. >> john: were hagel then stated his beliefs as they applied to his nomination. >> america has and must maintain the strongest military in the world. that we must lead in the international community to confront threats and challenges together. i believe and i always have believed that america must engage in the world not retreat from the world but engage from the world. my record is consistent on these points. >> john: now that i may sound like a mainstream, boiler-plate statement of american aims, but if you believe some committee republicans today senator hagel's record ranges from dangerously radical to terribly wrong on some of the biggest issues of the day. >> senator hagel's record is deeply troubling and out of the mainstream. too often he's willing to subscribe to a worldwide view predicated on appeasing our adversaryies while shunning our friends
of sort of crystalizing what it is his job is. you know, when you are secretary of defense, yes, you are part of the decision-making team for the national security in this country. but at the end of the day, you don't operate in a vacuum. you know, you operate with the secretary of state, the national security advisor and at the end of the day president barack obama is the one who makes decisions. you take out those decisions. to some extent. i had this conversation. i was sort of dealing with this in my mind. they were trying to get him on iran and, like he is horrible on iran. at the end of the day, you know, to some extent the military the defense department is in a vacuum here unless the president orders military the defense department really doesn't -- it's irrelevant whether or not he believes in sanctions or not. >> i think it's pretty ridiculous what these meetings have turned into with cabinet members. we saw it more after barack obama is president. this is chuck hagel, a bona fide war hero a veteran, a republican. >> check. >> a former senator
when authorities wouldn't. now one final sense of forboding and doom here in egypt the defense minister says failure to resolve the situation could lead to grave repercussions if the political forces do not act. it could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations. that is not good news. let's bring in one of the top experts from michigan. he's the author of "engaging the muslim world," so, let's start with egypt. now, this is a complicated situation. you have mohammed morsi who did win the election. on the other hand we seem to be here in the united states helping morsi selling military equipment to him as we speak. what do we make of morsi? >> well, morsi is the first democratically elected president that egypt has ever had. he did not win by a large margin but did he win. instead of trying to governor in a consensus fashion recognizing that he did not win by a large margin recognizing that there still isn't a parliament, there are going to be elections later this spring, instead of trying to put together a national unity government, having opposition forces in his
secretary of defense, although it's wise to hold off on changing the letter head for just a bit. >> there is more troubling news coming out of iran today. officials there told u.n. nuclear inspectors that they plan to process uranium two or three times faster than it can now. the possibility that iran might develop nuclear weapons only adds to the tension in this region. israeli warplanes had struck targets inside syria. and tomorrow vice president joe biden is going to head to europe to meet with syrian opposition leaders in europe. against that dramatic backdrop, chuck hagel made his case to be secretary of defense. before his hearing it seemed that he would succeed, but things did not go as planned. hagel had to correct his statement on iran's nuclear ambitious. >> by the way i just have been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. if i said that, it meant to say that i i don't have a position on containment. i recognize i've had more attention paid to my words in the last eight weeks than i ever thought possible. >> just to
from being confirmed as secretary of defense. what can you tell us about those. >> right. i mean these super pacs need something to do in the off season so to speak so they are weighing in on the nomination fight over senator chuck hagel, the president's nominee to be the defense secretary. and they are filling the airwaves with attack ads. there is this supposed pro lbgt group, but it is closely allied with a very deep red republican -- >> jennifer: that's what i thought. >> the details are sketchy but -- [overlapping speakers] >> jennifer: all right. andy -- and i hate to leave on this terribly depressive note. all i'm going to say is we want to purge you of reporting on dark money and hopefully if we get a supreme court composition that makes this up again, you can start reporting on other things. thank you, andy kroll. >> thank you. >> jennifer: and now to a story we're not leaving behind. in the 45 days since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school now at least 1,305 americans have died as a result of gun violence. the rough estimate from "slate"
playing defense roar than rather than offense on this issue. >> john: many thanks to both of you for your time tonight. >> my pleasure j. >> cenk: former middle east ambassador james jeffrey joins us just ahead. >> i think it's brilliant. (vo) first, news and analysis with a washington perspective from an emmy winning insider. >> i know this stuff, and i love it. (vo) followed by humor and politics with a west coast edge. bill press and stephanie miller. >> what a way to start the day. >> john: welcome back to "viewpoint." i'm john fugelsang. it's time now for the thing of the day. and tonight's thing is the photo of the day. as we showed earlier. gabby giffords presented a few stirring words before the senate judiciary committee. her testimony was simple and heartfelt, and seen here is a photo of her handwritten ♪ for this speech. towards the end of her comments giffords said be bold, be courageous. she showed that, and she's the personification of both of these ideals. according to the u.s.-arab league envoy to syria the crisis in the country has reached unprecedented levels of horror
a lot of other elements particularly the defense of marriage act which would technically prohibit this from potentially prohibit this from happening anyway. so it's one that its base is going to cheer. it is not so clear it is one that can get done in washington. >> john: the supreme court may review doma and eric holder won't be pursuing doma, it could go any which way. congressional correspondent ginger gibson, thank you so much for joining us tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> john: heckling a grieving father because you're afraid someone might take away your gun even though they never will. have pro-gunned >> john: we now bring you a new loate. neil his lynn was testifying yesterday about gun control at the legislative office building in connecticut when he posed a rhetorical question about why anyone would need an assault weapon in our society. the same point raised by general stanley mcchrystal. this seemed like a good time for random gun lovers to shout their answers at the grief-stricken parents. >> why anybody in this room needs to have one of these assault-style weap
thought most of the injuries were from the contact on the offensive and defensive line. no? i understand when the passing, too. >> there is a lot of that. i think the caller makes a big point. i think the bigger issue is the fact that today's athletes today's football players are bigger and stronger and more aggressive than. >> there is that story. >> than 55 years ago. >> helmets are the main thing. you have two solid objects hitting each other, you know, it's going to cause problems. soccer for children, you talk to any neurologist, they will tell you it's the worst sport for them to play because of the balls bouncing off their head >> bill: their head? >> in soccer. it is the worst game for children to play growing up. >> i don't know who said that. i have a real problem with that. i have been to so many freaking soccer games, i can't believe it. for those little kids to head a ball, it might happen once a year. whatever. >> let's say it happened five times a game. it's not the same as get can hit with a football helmet. >> bill: no. not
him, attempting to paint him as an anti israel homophobic official. but he turned up the defensive. he said they have a very aggressive strategy moving forward, and thinks hague sell in a good place, but he will still face some tough questions today. after today's senators will still be able to submit their written questions, and they could vote on his nomination as early as next week. on the note of the president's staff picks, he has been widely criticized for choosing predominantly white males, but yesterday in an interview with univision, obama calls diversity of staff one of his highest priorities. more bill is up after the break. stay with us. these talking points, that the right have, about the "heavy hand of government" ... i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really? you're going to lay people off because now the government is going to help you fund your healthcare. really? i want to have those conversations, not to be confrontational, but to understand what the other side is saying, and i'd like to arm our viewers with the ability to a
that he was the only one who committed a crime. >> his defense is that he did not know that--he thought it was over with. that he was allowed after the agent retired. he didn't deserve 30 months if nobody else is getting any crime. the only person who has any time here, the only person who is going to jail because of torture, a policy of torture in america is this guy? that's willy-nilly haphazard justice. >> i don't see anything that confirms that. i look for t but we might be making a connection. >> cenk: no way not buying it. not buying it, and i'll tell you why. it's selective prosecution. you can go after anybody for anything. you track 'em and oh that guy jaywalked. did he a crime peace not why they're going after him. i can prove it to you. bob woodward has top-secret information put in his book everybody acknowledges, there was a great piece on it, top classified anything more secret than bradley manning revealed bob woodward is in jail because the government wants to brag about that stuff. they're frauds. they're frauds. >> don't you think the argument should be those guys shou
turks." david seigal has joined us. i want to move on other topics that relate to israel. defense membershipster had interesting comments to make about iran and what might happen there. let take a look at it. >> what we basically say is that worst come to worst there should an readiness and the ability to launch a surgical operation that we delay them by significant time frame and probably convince them that it won't work because the world is determined to block them. >> cenk: david a lot of people interpreted that as him saying america is on board if we need to act err going to. i'm totally against the war in iran. that scares me. it seems to me that he's indicating that we're ready to go. >> well, you know, no country has a higher stake and a diplomatic solution than israel. we are our skin in the game and we'll be impacted in a significant way if there is war. for 15 years we've indicated a clear path. pressure economic pressure, pressure to stop iran in the program. they've taken a huge bite out of the iranian economy but their nuclear program is accelerating. by spring our pr
, as you know, now the nominee for the next secretary of defense the former senator brought in anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 from his various posts including teaching at georgetown university and serving on the advisory board of the polling firm gallup. he also owns a big chunk of stock in chevron but along with disclosing those funds he's also promised to resign his post and divest his stock. more bill up next. honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv. this is the "bill press show." >> bill: chuck schumer says he wants an apology from beyonce. he didn't hire her he says, to lip-synch. he hired her to sing. good luck with that, chuc schumer. you may have a better chance of getting your immigration bi
on that is in the last defense bill, i had an amendment i've been trying to get them for many years like i don't know five, six years. that says you can't take anyone into the military who's been convicted of sexual assault. we finally got it done. so clearly you know, there's an awareness of this. that's a good thing. >> stephanie: senator boxer obviously we've got a chance to meet -- you're a proud mom and grandmother. it was interesting, we've been talking, obviously wayne lapierrre and others will be testifying today on gun issues. and you know, i have said that you know you've talked about national guard in the schools. i've said not only because it is your idea and as you know, i revere you but secondly, i'm not a parent. i think if i were after sandy hook, i think there are so many facets of this. i think we need to look at all of it. we need to look at guns and mental health. we're not going to solve both of the problems overnight. so i think it is a multi-faceted problem. it is a multifaceted solution. >> you're absolutely right. what i said was -- what we need to do is if the schools want b
confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of defense. expect the toughest questions to come from his own party. he had made some marks and decisions in the past which have lead to concerns including he couldn't support sanctions against iran. there are 55 demes in the senate, and 45 republicans, so he can still make it through. the armed services committee gave hagel some questions to answer in advance. he says he understands what it is like to be a soldier at war and how important it is the troops get clear direction and intelligence from washington. today he is expected to say he is in full support of the president's policies he will defend the repeal of don't ask don't tell and he will support women in combat. president obama setting a time line for immigration reform. saying he would like to get it done by the summer. he emphasizes his administration has already done more on border security in the past four years than the 20 prior. and it should not stand in the way of creating a clear path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in the un
of defense. it's not just about this confirmation process it's about the job they will do. it's about dealing with things like the mideast. as you can see there are flare ups in the mideast almost daily. let's look at this from egypt. >> now the head of the army is warn it is on the verge of collapse. they tell us the new president is acting like a dictator, like the one egyptians overthrew. these are carpenters, tour guides and teachers. they believe if they don't rise up their country will be turned into an islamic state. >> we have eric cunningham from egypt. i think it's 2:30 a.m. so thanks for sticking up with us. >> no problem. >> so oh, can you run through how bad is egypt now compared to when the revolution took place? we've heard talk of civil war. is that what you're feeling on the ground? >> i don't think we're at the point where there would be a civil war just yet but with more tense this time around, it took a more central role. there were protests with security forces. certainly, things are a lot different. they sort of dropped the pretense of a peaceful uprising against the gov
is ridiculous, because the opinions or policies or whatever that the defense secretary are meaningless. he is not allowed to make his own policy and where was mccain when rums field was put in after he was selling to hussein. >> stephanie: yeah. it's not about only statement he made when -- you are absolutely right. sit to carry out the policy of the president. i loved some woman said he is so to the extreme left of president obama. >> i believe that was kelly arod that said that. >> stephanie: okay. so which is it? is he a socialist -- or is he -- >> or he's to the right of chuck hagel. >> stephanie: yeah. how can he be a socialist and chuck hagel -- >> or do these people not know the definition of socialism. >> stephanie: really? >> i think that's the -- >> stephanie: interesting. >> big huge taxes to pay for roads! that's socialism! [ laughter ] >> stephanie: okay. bill o'reilly and bob beckel. >> the 60% who are answering approve of barack obama even though the economy is bad after -- >> it is better than it was -- >> yes, it is too. how can you possibly come up with --
the church's defense. i agree with you this was not a huge surprise. anyone who saw the documentary "deliver us from evil" knows cardinal mahony's slate has not been clean in this regard. but when some say he was just naive on how to handle the sex abuse charges did the word naive upset you as much as it upset me. >> oh sure. it's laughable. it's absurd. this is an extraordinaryily smart, well-educated man. they lead the nation's largest archdiocese, and these are shrewd people. they think long and hard about clever ways to protect the predators and enup endanger kids. even a teenager, even a high school drop out knows if you suspect a crime you call the police. that's especially true if you know about the crime. it's especially true if the victims are children. it's especially true if the crime is likely to be repeated. cardinal mahony knows this. he's a social worker by training and background, for heaven's sake. there is nothing naive about the men who hid these crimes for decades. >> john: these people who came forward, i won't call them victims but survivors we've seen pay-outs by the c
chuck hagel from becoming our next secretary of defense. a new conservative group with anonymous donors called americans for a strong defense is running ads urging five democrats to vote against confirming hagel. another is called use your mandate. it is also new. it also has anonymous donors. it claims to be a liberal gay rights groups but buys its ad time through a republican firm. it has no web site and no physical address. it is, however using ads and mailers to call hagel anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-israel. this is part of a larger story in "the new york times" reporting at least five other groups are engaged in trying to block the president's choice. and the increase emergence of anonymous dollars and shady front groups is likely a result of citizens united. that 2010 decision that opened the floodgates to allow interested parties to inject endless outside money into our political campaign. >> i hate citizens united. >> me, too. npr reporting for the fives time today, google is posting its policies on what information it turns over to the government as part of an effort to win t
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